Learn by Doing

The objective was to use the Stop Motion App to create a short movie retelling a local  Maori narrative. Stop Motion is a free app that makes short animated videos. All students used playdough to practise making characters that told a simple story and worked with a buddy to practise taking photos in…

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Being able to take a good photos was important. There had to be a ‘clutter free’ background and the ipad had to be still, otherwise the photos would be blurry.

After two practises, it was time to write our story boards about the narrative we had chosen. There was  artworks depicting the story of Ranganui and Papatuanuku already made in the classroom to look at and use as motivation. These were photocopied so the students could cut up the characters and use them to take their photos to make their stop motion video. Three dimensional  playgrounds were made and some groups chose to use these as the setting for their videos. Now that we had all our materials ready, it was time to work as a group, and make the video.

I found it hard  sometimes getting my friends not to put their hands in the way. The easy part was taking the pictures. My group was good at taking turns.

It was fun doing the voice over. Sometimes it was hard if my group didn’t listen.

It was tricky to get the voices at the same time as the photos. I learnt to use the app, then I helped other groups.

By using the app, students were able to work with others, have patience and learn by doing. We made a first step of learning a new skill that we can continue to use in the future.

2024 Bowler

Gwen Bowler

Education has no beginning and no end. It ebbs and flows and is ever-changing. As an educator, it is my responsibility to instill a love of learning and an ability to adapt to an ever-changing world.

My teaching journey started at 40 when I retrained as a teacher after a career in journalism and many years as a stay-at-home mother. When we guide our students to be lifelong learners, we send them towards their next journey well-prepared for whatever life brings.

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